CHAPTER TWENTY-THREE

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Management and the Quality of Life

THE “SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF BUSINESS” have been discussed for a century. Indeed, a chapter or two on social responsibility—or some similar heading—can be found in almost any text on general management.

But since the early sixties the meaning of the words “social responsibility of business” has changed radically.

Earlier discussions of social responsibilities of business centered in three areas. One was the perennial question of the relationship between private ethics and public ethics. To what extent are you as a manager in charge of an organization beholden to the ethics of the individual ...

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